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AUiAJU BAPTIST HISTORICAL SOC1STT 



MINUTES 



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SIXTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



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BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD WITH THE 



MOULTON BAPTIST CHUKCH, 

LAWRENCE COUNTY, ALABAMA, 

OCTOBER 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1885. 



OFFICERS. 

Eld. MAT LYON, ... Moderator Moulton, Ala. 

Eld. JOS. SHACKELFORD, Clerk,. .. ...Trinity Station, Ala. 

T. W. LYNCH,. . . Treasurer, Moulton, Ala. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

" LOCATED AT MOULTON, ALABAMA. 

O. D. Gibson, Chairman. C. G. Lynch, Secretary. 

Thos. W. Lynch, Treasurer. 

W. D. McDaniel. L. M. Wear. P.J. Hutchinson 

Wm. Irvin. John Moore. 



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The Moderator shall call the Association to order and appoint read- 
ing Clerks. 
Read letters from the churches and enroll delegates. 
Elect officers. 

Call for petitionary letters. * 

Call for correspondence from other bodies. 
Invite visiting brethren to seats with us. 

Appoint committees, viz: 1 On Devotional Exercises. 2. State 
of Religion. 3. Deceased Ministers. 4. Documents. 5. 
Finance. 60n tabulating statistical able from letters. 
Appoint messengers to corresponding bodies. 
Report of Board of Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute at 

Moulton . 
Call for report of Executive Board. « 

Call for Treasurer's Report. 
Call for report of Board of Ministerial Educatien. 
Appoint time and place of next meeting of the Association. 
Appoint preacher of introductory sermon and the alternate. 
Call for reports of standing committees in the order of their ap- 
pointment. 
Call for reports of other committees in their order. 
Resolutions and miscellaneous business. 
Read the Minutes, call the roll, and adjourn. 



The next Session will beheld at Hartsell, Morgan county. Ala., com 
mencing on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1886. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE MUSCLE SHOAL ASSOCIA- 
TION WITH THEIR POST OFFICES. 
Adams, S. R. C. Danville, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Bradford, Isaac Avoca. Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Carter, W. B. Hartsell. Morgan county, Alabama. 
Cobbs. W. T. Trinity Station, Morgan county. Alabama. 
Finney, Mike, Newburg, Franklin county, Alabama. 
Gunn, Jackson, Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Gibson, J. S. Mount Hope, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Hembre, J. H. Danville, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Halbrooks, H.J. Somerville, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Lyon, Matt, Moulton. Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Melton, H. W. Laudersville, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
McClanahan, J. D. Hartsell, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Nesmith, John R. Avoca, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Norwood, R. W. Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Pace, J. O. A. Russelville, Franklin county, Alabama. 
Roan, J. F. Somerville, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Roberts, J. M. Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama. 

Shackelford, Jos. Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Speer, John, Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Stockton, J. I. Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Stockton, W. A. Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama. 

Smith, W. G. W. Falkville, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Summers, W. C. Avoca, Lawrence county, Alabama. 

Steenson, S. M. Tuscumbia, Colbert county, Alabama. 

Thompson, J. N. Falkville, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Wear, R. T. Mount Hope, Lawrence county, Alabama. 

Weaver, T. J. Somerville, Morgan county, Alabama. 

Weaver, John E. Lawrence's Cave, Morgan county, Alabama. 



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^MINUTES.* 



The delegates composing the sixty-sixth Annual Session of the Muscle 
Shoals Association of Baptists convened with the Moulton Baptist Church, 
Lawrence County, Ala., on Friday, the second day of October, 1885. The 
Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder R. T. Wear, from Luke, 19th, 
verse 10. "For^the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was 
lost" 

After the sermon there was a recess for one hour and a half. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association was called to order by Elder W. B. Carter, the former 
Moderator. Elder Jos. Shackelford, the former Clerk, took his place at 
the Clerk's table. 

The Association was opened by singing, and prayer by the Moderator. 

Brethen-O. D. Gibson, W. H. Simpson, and S. R. C. Adams, were ap- 
pointed Reading Clerks. 

The letters from the churches were read, and the names of delegates en- 
rolled, as follows . 

Tuscumbia — John D. Inman. 

Russelville— Wm. East. John C. Harris, Peter Clay. 

Macedonia (F) — M. Finney. 

Bethel (L)— John R. Nesmith, G. W. Smith. 

Mt. Pleasant— A. H. Stanley, Reuben Smith, R. W. Hennigan. 

Mt. Zion (L)— W. H. Henderson, H. R. -Dawson. J. H. Bemer. 

Okolona— J. M- Riley, S. L. Muston, W. D. Brasswell. 

Bethany — A. M. Crisler. 

Town Creek— R. T. Wear, J. S. Gibson. H. W. Melton. 

Salem — D. C. Murphree, R. W. Norwood. 

Moulton — M. Lyon, O. D.Gibson, J. N. Bragg. 

Pleasarit Grove— D. B. Barnett, W. Tucker, A. J. Chambliss. 

Harmony — J. S. Howell. 

New Hope— J. E. Coffee, E. A. Moran. 

Mission Grove — John Yates. 

Gum Spring (L) — W. H. Muston, J. D. Hagood. 

Zion — J. C. Leatherwood, Pies. Farley. 

Enon— Jesse T. Wallace, L. A. Ware, R. L. Keys. 

Hillsboro— J. W. Wallace. 

Decatur — Jos. Shackelford. 

Pleasant Hill— J. S. Hale, John Speer, J. E. Smith. 

Macedonia (M)-Wm. White, J. W. Swilling, A. H. Smith. 

Hopewell— W. W. Orr, W. F. Orr. 



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Friendship— James Wiley, Thos. McDaniel. 

Lebanon— H. B. Kimbrough, S.J. Willhite, H. E. Woods. 

Mt. Pisgah (M)— W. B. Carter, W. Hardy Burt. 

Bethel (M)— J'as. C. Love, S. H. Ponder, Jesse A. Holbrooks. 

Mt. Zion (M)— W. G. W. Smith, C. Thompson. 

Gum Springs (M)— J. E. Roan, T. H. Ward, M. H. Fenley. 

Shoal Creek— Monroe Tapscott, L. M. McGee. 

Blue Springs— R. M. McClure, T.J. Weaver. 

Rockv Creek— J. W. Drinkard, J. M. Holmes. 

Mt. Nebo— R. B. Gibson, J. R. Witt, C. L. Owen. 

Etha— G. C. Williams, J. Pinkney Scruggs. 

New Friendship— P. R. Wright 

Hartsell— J. D. McClamahan, J. C. Orr, W. H. Simpson. 

Danville— S. R. C. AdamsJ. G. Orr, W. R. Frazier. 

After the enrollment of the names of the delegates, the Association pro- 
ceeded to the election of officers, which resulted in the choice of Elder Mat 
Lyon as Moderator, and Elder jos. Shackelford as clerk. 

The Moderator elect, returned his thanks to the. brethren for the honor 
placed upon him, and requested them to aid him in preserving order. The 
Association then proceeded to business. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

On motion, the order of business as printed in last year's minutes, with 
a slight amendment, was adopted as the order of business for this session. 

PETITIONARY LETTERS. 

Petitionary letters were called for. None presented. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

Elder J. O. A. Pace was received, as a correspondent from Big Bear 
Creek Association. He also presented a minute of that body. 
Visiting brethren were invited to seats. 

DELEGATES AND CORRESPONDENT8. 

The following brethren were appointed delegates to the Alabama Baptist 
State Convention, which meets at Birmingham on Friday (16th,) before the 
3rd Sabbath in July 1886. 

R. T. Wear, John Speer, Jos.. Shackelford, T. J. Weaver, J. S. Gibson, 
S. R. C. Adams, J. D. McClanahan, J. M. Roberts, John C. Harris, R. W. 
Norwood, Wm. East, W. B. Carter, O. D. Gibson, John C. Orr, J. R. 

Nesmith. 

Correspondents to North Liberty Association— J. Gunn, S. R. G. 
Adams, John Speer, T. J. Weaver, W. B. Carter, M. Finney. 

To Big Bear Creek— M. Finney, J. M. Roberts. 

To Mt. Carmel— W. B. Carter, John E. Weaver. 

To Warrior River— J. C. Orr, A. B. Keller, W. B. Carter. 

To Sulphur Springs— J. D. McClanahan, W. B . Carter. 

COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following committees. 
On Devotional Exercises— Wm. East, J. C. Orr, Jesse Wallace and the 
Deacbns of the Moulton Church. 

On Finance— John S. Hale. R. M. McClure, Wm. East. 



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On motion of Jos. Shackelford, the hour of 10^ to-morrow morning 
was made the special hour for the consideration of the general subject of 
Missions. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercise*, reported that Elder John Speer 
would preach to night. 

On motion adjourned until 9a.m. Saturday. Praver bv Elder W. B 
Carter. * * 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, October 3rd, 1885. 
The Association met at the hour appointed. Prayer by Elder J. O. A. 
Pace . The minutes of Friday were read and approved. A letter from Lib- 
erty Church was read, which informed the Association of the inability of 
that church to keep up preaching, and wished the Association to take charge 
of its house of worship. 

COMMITTEES. 

On State of Religion— W. W. Orr, M. Finney, G. W. Smith. 

On Deceased Ministers— J. S. Gibson, Jesse Wallace, W. T. Cobbs. 

On Documents— J. D. McClanahan, Peter Clay, O. D. Gibson. 

A communication was read from Brother J. G. Harris, editor and pro- 
prietor of the Alabama Baptist, concerning that paper, in which he asked 
the support of the Baptists of the Muscle Shoals Association, and their 
co-operation, in his efforts to give them a good paper. Elder J. Shackel- 
ford, was permitted to secure subscribers for the same. He obtained a few. 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATIOX. 

Report of the Board of Ministerial Education was read, also the report of 
the Treasurer of that Board, and on motion, 3 o'clock this evening was ap 
pointed for their consideration. 

SPECIAL ORDER. 

At 10j^ a. m. the hour appointed for the consideration of the general sub- 
ject of Missions, the Report on Foreign Missions, State Missions, Asso- 
ciational Missions and the Reports of the Missionaries. of the Association 
Brothers Speer, Lyon and Adams, were read. Also the Report of the 
Executive Board, and the subject discussed, by Brethren M. Lyon, Jos. 
Shackelford, W. B. Carter, S. L. Muston, until about 12 o'clock, when, 
pending the discussion, the Association adjourned, for one hour and a half. 
Prayer by Bro. John Speer . 

. AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

Opened with prayer by Elder M. Finney. 

The subject of Missions was continued, and speeches were made by B.ren. 
M.Finney, R. T. Wear, Jos. Shackelford, W. B. Carter, A. J. Harris, of 
Nashville, Teiin. After which, pledges and collections for missions was 
taken up, amounting to $703 55; and also one 500 lbs. bale of 



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otton. It was moved and carried, that the subject of Sabbath Schools be- 
considered at 9 o'clock on Sunday, and that another effort be made to in- 
crease the amount for missions. 

Tht Report of the Committee on Devotional Exercises, was made as 
follows : 

Eldei T. O. A. Pace, will preach to night. 

SABBATH APPOINTMENTS. 

At the Baptist Church, 11 A. M.— Elder Jos. Shackelford. 
At the Baptist Church, 3 p. m.— Elder F. Finney. 
At the Baptist Church, night— Elder S. R. C Adams. 
At the Methodist Church, 11 a. m. — W. B. Carter. 
At the colored Baptist Church, 11 a. m.— R. T. Wear. 
At the colored Baptist Church, night— W. G. W. -Mnith. 
Association adjourned to fS% a. m, Monday morning. Prayer by Elder 
S. R. C. Adams. 

SUNDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

October, 4th. 1885. 

At 9 o'clock, the Association met, and was opened by prayer, by Brother 
A. J. Harris, of Tennessee. The Report on Sunday Schools was then read 
by Elder J. R. Nesmith, and after discussion by Brethren Nesmith, Shack- 
elford, J. C. Orr, W. G. W. Smith, and Kirkland, was adopted as follows: 
REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS^ 

We, your Committee on Sunday Schools, appointed last year, having had 
the subject under serious consideration, submit the following Report. 

Happy are we to say, that the idea, or doctrine, of a Sunday School in 
every Baptist Church, ha6 been set forth, and successfully maintained by 
this body. And we believe that much good has been accomplished. The 
Scriptures abound with the idea ot teaching the children, of raising them up 
in the nurture ,and admonition of the Lord. We hold and maintain, that 
the church is the nursery of the Lord; it is here that we, the church, are to 
gather the blind and give them gospel light. Here, we the church are to 
unstop the deaf ears, for faith cometh by hearing ; it is here that the sin 
sick of every nation, kindred and tongue, are to be brought and taught the 
way of life, of peace on earth and good will to men. There is a place 
where children are secure from the ravages of the devil, that glorious refuge 
is here. The Scriptures say, "Thou shalt diligently teach them to thy 
children, when thou sitteth in thy house with them." Some one will say 
that means at home. Admit it does, may it not also mean in a spiritual 
sense the church, our Heavenly home, where we meet and correct every 
Sunday the past weeks work, where we return our heartfelt thanks for all 
past favors, and where we supplicate the Throne of Grace for coming time, 
and where we sing God's praises, sitting together in Hevenly places in 

Christ Jesus. 

J. R. NESMITH, Chairman. 

SUNDAY— 10 A. M. 

Another effort was made to increase the pledges for missions, which were 
increased to nearly $800. The amount of pledges and collections will be 
found in another place, after the reports. 

The Association adjourned for preaching. 

The Brethren appointed to preach, filled their respective appointments, 
and we trust much good was done by the preaching of the Word. 

The congregation at the Baptist Church was very large, many could not 
get in. There was also a good congregation at the Methodist Church. 

The Association adjourned. 



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THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS— Oct. 5, 1885. 

The Association convened at the appointed time, and was called to order 
by the Moderator. Prayer by Elder J. T. Weaver. 

The Minutes of Saturday and Sunday were read and approved. 

The report on \ssociational Missions was then taken from the table and 
adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 
We, your committee, to whom was referred the subject of Associational 
Missions, would say, that much has been accomplished by your mission- 
aries, not only in winning souls to Christ, but in the indoctrinating of chris- 
tians : Yet much more remains to be done, and your committee hesitate as 
to the best plan, but believe that the present plan has been more effectual, 
than those heretofore tried, and we would recommend a continuance of the 
same, with a slight modification as expressed in the resolutions below, and 
would earnestly recommend to the churches the importance of this ereat 
work. * 

R. T. WEAR. 
J. M. ROBERTS, 
W. D. McDANIEL. 

Committee. 



The following preamble and resolution was offered by Brother Jos. Shack- 
elford, as an amendment to the above report, and was adopted. 

Whereas, There exists within the bounds of the Muscle Shoales Asso- 
ciation, a number of villages, towns and country places, which are destitute 
of Baptist Churches and Baptist preaching, or have very weak churches, and. 

Whereas, These places are centers of trade, population, talent, educa- 
tion and influence; Therefore be it 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this body, that these places should be 
occupied by Baptists and that a good part of our mission money, should be 
expended in preaching to the people, where the people live, and therefore 
can assemble for worship and Sabbath School. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 
The report on Foreign Mission was taken up and adopted as follows : 
In this brief paper, we are not expected to give a general historv of mis- 
sions, nor to sketch a geographical map of the great destitutions, nor to 6how 
how much has been done in the past. But it is our purpose to look into the 
duties of to-day, and the demands upon us, to make an honest effort to save 
the lost. As the harvest field is great, covering dearly i.ne half of the globe 
and containing four hundred millions of people, who know not the way of 
salvation by grace. And these people were made by the same Divine Hand 
that made us, and possess souls of equal value with ours, ard we are travel- 
ing together to the same eternity, it becomes us to feel that we are equals, 
and brothers in the flesh, and that they have as much right to the Way of 
Life as we have, and as great need of the Joys of Salvation as we, or, any 
other people have. 

The great question before us to-day is, "Am I my brothers' keeper?" 
What have we to do With the Salvation of the heathen ? The answer 
comes from Him, who had all power in Heaven and earth, saying 4, Go ye. 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." This command has no uncertain 
sound. It is the voice of God, demanding of us, first to "go." Go to the 
dark and benighted regions of the world : Then to "teach," teach the ignor- 
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been taught. Here is our duty plainly laid down in God's Word. It is 
given to the church as a church, and therefore includes all of its members. 
Now, as the church stands between the offended God, and the offender 
mart, and between the heathen world, and the world of Woe. feeling her 
responsibility, both to God and man. Well may she inquire, with anxious 
heart and trembling voice. Lord, how can I "go," or reach the heathen, 
so as to teach, bless and save them ? We answer, that some of her mem- 
bers, such as are called and qualified for that work can go in person, and 
literally obey this commission. Of thi6 fact, we are glad. The whole 
church can obey by representation. Go with*their prayers and sympathies 
for suffering humanity. Go with their money, to support the missionary, 
and the mission work. Thus we can all go with our means, and do all the 
work required, by representation. Let us then, unite our efforts, and ''as 
we have freely received, so freely give." For Christ said, "give."^ Let then 
the rich, of their abundence give abundantly, and the poor, of their poverty, 
giye as the Lord has prospered them, and the widow, of her penury give her 
"two mites," and thus, we will be mutual fellow helpers to the truth, the 
light of which, will soon flash upon the distant shores, and a nation shall be 
born to God, in a day. . Then will God say, "well done," and the angels will 
cry amen. 

JACKSON GUNN, Chairman. 



REPORT ON STATE MISSIQNS 
The report on State Missions was then taken up and. adopted, as follows: 
Your committee on State Missions note with pleasure the work done by 
the State Mission Board, during the last conventional year, as seen from the 
r. port of that Board to the last State Convention held at Tuskeege, of which 
we give a synopsis: 81 persons were employed, of whom 27 were missionary 
pastors; 18 were missionaries, 1 evangelist and 26 missionaries and col- 
porteurs, and 8 colporteurs. The results in part of their labors, were 13 
churches constituted; 910 baptized; 71 Sunday Schools organized; 4063 
sermons and addresses delivered; 167,036 pages of tracts distributed ; 6 meet- 
ing houses completed; 927 prayer meetings conducted. 

Through the efforts of this Boaid, churches have been planted and houses 
built at a number of important towns, and weak churches have been assisted. 
That Board has assisted two weak churches in this Association, Decatur and 
Tuscumbia We are gratified at the progress of State Missions, and we 
earnestly, commend its work to the liberality of our churches. In sustain- 
ing the board of the convention, this Association is aiding in the dissemina- 
tion of the gospel throughout the State, as well as in our own Association. 
The colport _;e work of the State Mission Board is a grand work, and in- 
creasing in tficiency every year. Baptist literature is being scattered broad 
cast over o\ r land, and inthe near future we will reap a good harvest. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOS. SHACKELFORD, Chairman. 



REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The repori of the Executive Board which was read on Monday, was taken 
up, and adoj ted as follows : 

The Executive Board would respectfully make this as its report to the 
Muscle Sho Is Association. 

The Board met in Moulton on the 18th of October, 1884, and transacted 
the following business : We divided the Association into three districts, 
known as '.no. 1, 2 and 3. The first district to be that portion of the Asso- 
ciation known as the Tennessee Valley, we6t of Decatur. District No.* 2, 



to embrace that portion of the Association, lying west of a line running 
north and south, through Moulton, not embraced in district No. 1. Dis- 
viV 3 ' t0 contain a11 the territory of the Association lying east of the 
said line running north and south, through Moulton, not embraced in dis- 
trict No. 1: 

Brother John Speer was selected as a missionary for No. 1, on a salary 
of twenty-five dollars per month. 

Brother Mat Lyon, was placed in the territory known as district No. 2, 
on a salary of thirty-five dollars per month. Because district No. 3 is so 
large, the Board gave Brother Lyon permission to occupy a part of that 
district lying east of Moulton, but prohibiting him from occupying more 
pin " 6 Sunda J r in said district. District No. 3, was given to Brother S. 

., Adam s, on a salary of thirty dollars per month. 

Each of the three missionaries were permitted to preach to one church as 
pastor, and receive such compensation as that church which each served as 
pastor might pay him. The above named brethren were to enter their res- 
pective fields on the first dav of November 1884, and continue therein, 
until the first of October 1885', with the exception of the three months, Jan- 
uary, February and March, 1885. The missionaries were not to be paid for 
these three months in which they were not employed. 

It is the opinion of your Board, that the missionaries have done good ser- 
vice, but we respectfully invite the criticism of the Association as to the time, 
places and manner of the work done. 

The above course was pursued, because we thought it the. best. 

May the Great Head of the Church, preside over vour deliberations, is the 
prayer of the Board . 

Respectfully submitted, 

O. D. GIBSON, President. 

C. G. LYNCH, Secretary. 



REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES. 

The reports of the missionaries were read and leceived, and ordered to be 
spread upon the minutes. 

JOHN SPEIR's REPORT. ( . 

Dear Brethren: -I was employed by your Executive Board in Nov. 
1884, to travel as an evangelist at a salary of twenty -five dollars per month, 
allowing me the privilege of preaching to one church, as pastor. I began 
work November 10, 1884. and continued to December 31, 1884. By agree- 
ment work was suspended untib April the 1st, 1885. Since which time, 1 
have been earnestly and humbly laboring for the Master, in the hard field 
consigned me. Work done as follows : Protracted meetings held, five; 
sermons preached, 94; exhortations delivered, 49; witnessed the conversion 
of 27 precious souls; baptized 15, others awaiting baptism; organized 4 Sab- 
bath Schools; organized one church; assisted in the ordination of two dea- 
cons, and one minister. By order of the Board, I received of Elder J. L. 
Stockton $3.89 worth of books and tracts, which I have sold, except 60 cents 
worth of tracts, which are on hand. I attended 24 prayer meetings: made 
267 religious visits; have traveled about 1,684 miles; have received $80 on 
my salary. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN SPEER. 
M. lyon's report. 

Under a contract for eight months with' your Executive Board, I com- 






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menced my missionary service on the first day of Ndvember last, in that por- 
tion of territory lying west of Flint Creek, and east of Russelville, and ex- 
tending a few miles north and south of a line running east from Russelville, 
I served in the month of November and December of last year, and from 
the first of April to the 30th of September, inclusive, of this year; that is dur- 
ing three fourths of each of those eight months; the remaining fourth of each 
month having been occupied with my pastorate in Moulton. The follow- 
ing is a brief summary of my work: 

Days of service, 134; miles traveled, 1512; sermons delivered, 82; visits to 
families, 274; visits to 8 regular, and two occasional mission stations, 57. 
I have, besides, visited four churches; assisted in ordaining one deacon; do- 
hated six Bibles and 64 Testaments, sent to me by Corresponding Secretary. 
T. M. Bailey ; sold 98 books and pamphlets; and donated 9 packages of tracts; 
all furnished by Brother Bailey. I have baptized 6 persons, assisted in receiv- 
ing one by letter, and have seen five persons baptized by R. T. Wear, in con- 
nection with my labors. I have officiated at three funerals and attended five 
protracted meetings. No part of this report has any reference to any ser- 
vice I have engaged in as pastor of the church in Moulton. I have received 
$120 on my salary. 

It may not be inappropriate to add, that during the months of January, 
February and March, when I was not employed as missionary, I spent 
twenty days gratuitously in Lawrence and Morgan counties in missionary 
work, in which time I traveled 2487 miles; preached 17 sermons; made 33 
visits to families; assisted once in administering the Lord's : upper; took 
part in the ordination of two deacons, and one minister of the Gospel, be- 
sides attending to my pastoral duties in Moulton. From the opinions of 
others, whom I esteem competent to judge, I am persuaded that I have been 
doing some good during the past year in mission work, and I feel sure, that 
the field, I have been occupying if rightly cultivated, has promise of good 
results. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MATT LYON. 

S. R. C. ADAMS' REPORT. 

Brethren : On the first day of November, 1884, I accepted the ap- 
pointment of your Executive Board; to labor as a missionary in the 3rd 
District of the Association, as laid off by the Board, for missionary work ; 
at a salary of $3o per month, with the privilege of serving Enon and Dan- 
ville Churches as pastor. The following is a summary of my labors for 
eight months, the time agreed upon. 

Number of sermons preached, 105 ; miles traveled, 2174 ; religious visits 
485 ; prayer meetings held 25 ; baptisms 27 ; baptized by others in connec- 
tion with my labors, 41 ; subscribers to 1:he Alabama Baptist, obtained 2 ; 
to the Baptist Reflector, 2. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. R.C.ADAMS. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 
T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, 

In account with Muscle Shoals Association. 
1884. Dr. 

Oct 8. To cash paid by O D Gibson.. $974 05 

Oct. 12. To cash paid by John Speer for Okolona church 3 00 

Nov. 17. To cash paid by J I Stockton on books 1 10 

Nov. 27. To cash from Hillsboro church 7 75 

Dec. 31. To cash from Decatur church 10 00 



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1885. 

April 6. To cash from Hillsbo.ro church " 6 00 

April 6. To cash from Harmony church 50 

Ap'l 18. To cash from T M Bailey, State Mission Board. .... . . . 2 30 

May 30. To cash from J R Nesmlth for Bethel church 5 00 

June 10. To cash from Russelville church by Mrs Kirk 10 00 

Sept. 16 To cash from Russelville church 15 00 

___. Total $1034 90 

ISoo. 

Oct. 1. To cash from J R Nesmith foreign mission Bethel church. . 50 

Oct I. To cash paid from Thomas Masterson 5 00 

Oct. 4. To cash from F C Owen's bequest, interest 20 00 

Total • $1060 40 

1884. Cr . 

Oct. 8. By cash paid T J Weaver for salary as missionary $150 00 

Oct. 8. By cash paid J I Stockton for salary as missionary 150 00 

Oct. 8. By cash paid M Lyon " " " " " 130 00 

Oct. 8. By cash paid J Speer balance for salary as missionary 35 00 

Oct. S. By cash paid J Gunn 91 60 

Oct. 12. By cash paid J Shackelford for Decatur church 25 10 

Dec. 15. By cash paid M Lyon 50 00 

Dec. 15. By cash paid J Speer , 20 00 

Dec. 23. By cash paid SRC Adams 60 10 

Dec. 31. By cash paid J Shackelford for Decatur church 25 10 

1885. , 

Jan. 8. By cash paid T M Bailey for State Mission Board. . . 24 15 

Jan. 10. By.cash paid J Speer 15 00 

Feb. 19. By cash paid M Lyon . 10 00 

Mar. 5. By cash paid SRC Adams 20 00 

Mar. 14 By cash paid M Lyon 5 00 

April 1. By cash paid J Shackelford for Decatur church 25 00 

Ap'l 18. By cash paid T M Bailey for State Mission Board 25 00 

May 30. By cash paid J Speer 20 00 

May 30. By cash paid SRC Adams 30 00 

May 30. By cash paid M Lyon 15 00 

June 10. By cash paid M Lyon 10 00 

July 2. By cash paid J Shackelford for Decatur church ..'..• 25 00 

July 3. By cash paid M Lyon 5 00 

July 13. By cash paid T M Bailey for State Mission Board ...... 14 95 

July 28. By cash paid J Speer 25 00 

Sept 16. By cash paid M Lyon 30 00 

By cash on hand 24 40 

Total .$1060 40 

Respectfully submitted. 

T. W. LYNCH, Treasurer. 



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Collection, and pledges as taken on Saturday and Sunday for missions 
were as follows : 

FROM CHURCHES. 

Tuscumbia $10 00 Okalona $5 00 

Russelville 105 00 Bethanv 5 00 

Macedonia (F) 25 00 Town Creek 30 00 

Mt. Pleasant val. SOOlbs b.cot. Salem 5 00 

Mt. Zion (L) 5 00 Moulton 105 00 

Harmony » 15 00 Moulton S School 5 00 

Gum Springs (L) 5 00 Enon 35 Oo 

Hillsboro 40 00 Decatur 35 00 

Pleasant Hill , 30 00 Macedonia (M) 22 75 

Hopewell 25 00 Friendship 5 00 

Mt. Pisgah 45 00 Bethel (M ) paid F C 12 00 

Shoal Creek JO 00 Gum Springs (M) 5 00 

Blue Springs 5 00 Mt. Nebo 10 00 

Mt. Zion (M> home mission. 10 00 Rocky Creek Foreign missions 5 00 

Hartsell 21 00 Danville 15 00 

Mission Grove paid F C 7 50 ■ — 

$299 75 



$363 50 



Total pledges by churches and one bale of cotton $663 25 

CASH AND PLEDGES FROM INDIVIDUALS. 

J R Nesmith $5 00 P R Wright 2 Oo 

G W Smith 2 50 H B Kimbrough 2 Oo 

SJ Wilhite 1 00 H E Wood 100 

Mrs. Annie Roberts 1 00 James Armour 50 

Miss Glenn Orr .• 5 00 Miss Pattie Gunn 1 00 

Miss Bettie Gunn 5 00 WJ Coltingham .....„■ 1 Oo 

Mrs* Adrian Prewett ........ 5 00 Wilson Roper 5 00 

R A McClanahan jr 1 00 J R Witt, Home mission 1 00 

W G Braswell 100CL Owens I 00 

Miss Mattie Masterson 1 00 L P Craig * 1 Oo 

A H Stanley 5 00 R B Gibson 100 

Theophilus Jonrs 5 00 W H Jankin 100 

John Prater 2 00 Wm. Johnson 1 00 

Thomas McDaniel 100WF Robertson 1 00 

R I. Prince 1 00 S H Ponder *..... 100 

H L Stephens 1 00 Mrs Carpenter 1 00 

Emma Gibson 3 00 Mrs. F C Robertson 1 00 

Sister P Gibson paid 1 00 Miss Nina Wear 1 00 

Mrs. F G Gibson 1 00 Miss Sallie Gibson 1 00 

Miss Ava Pearson 1 00 Ann and Lucy Wear. 1 00 

J M Roberts 1 00 Miss Mittie Shoemaker 5 00 

Miss Emma Shackelford paid . 2 00 Cash 2 90 

HW Melton paid 1 00 Mrs S C Wallace 2 50 

$52 50 $35 90 



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Total cash and pledges $88 40 

Total pledges from churches . . 663 25 

Total cash and pledges 751 65 

One bale of cotton estimated at 40 00 

Total missionary funds $791 65 



MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The report of the Board of Ministerial Education was taken from the 
table, and on motion was adopted, as follows : 

Your Board of Ministerial Education, submit the following report of its 
work for the last associational year. 

At a meeting of the board at Mountain View, High School House, on* 
October 17, 1885, the following members were present. Brethren J. 
Gunn, Jos. Shackelford, J. I. Stockton, and John S. Hale. Bro. W. T. 
Cobb presented himself as an applicant for aid from the ministerial fund, 
After an examination of the candidate, and his credentials as a minister of 
the gospel, from Shoal Creek Church, which were satisfactory to the board- 
Bro. W. T. Cobbs, was received as a beneficiary of the board, and the board 
agreed to pay him ten dollars per month, and house rent. Bro. Cobbs en- 
tered the Mountain View High School, on the 17th of last November, and 
has been going to that school up to the present time, that is, from November 
17th 1884, to October 1st 1885, 8 1-2 months. Bro. J. E. Herring, who is 
attending Howard Co,' lege, Marion Alabama, as a ministerial student, also 
applied for aid, and the board instructed its Treasurer tc^send him forty dol- 
lars, to aid him in securing an education. 

Bro. Herring is a member of Mt. Pisgah Church, Morgan County, and 
promises to make a useful minister of the gospeL The Board expended 
some money in repairing a house, and making it comfortable for Brother 
Cobbs and family. We intended, when this was done, to save the rent of 
a house, as we had the house offered ti us without rent, but in a short time, 
another arrangement was made, which was more satisfactory to all parties 
and th house was vacated. The amount expended in fixing it up was small 
however. Bro. Cobbs is improving, and we think the money expended in 
assisting him to get an education is well spent. Up to this time the Board 
has had sufficient means to meet all the demands made upon it, but we have 
very little on hand, and will need all the money pledged at the last associa- 
tion to sustain Bro. Cobbs at school for nine months longer, which it is our 
desire to do, if the Association will approve. The total amount of pledges 
and cash received for ministerial education at the last association, was $187> 
of this the Treasurer of the Board has received $103.85 ; there is still due on 
the pledges $83.15. Other sums were received by the Treasurer from other 
sources all of which will be seen in his report, which we submit with this 
report. 

Your Board is glad to see the success, which attended the efforts of the 



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Board of Ministerial Education, of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, 
during the past conventional vear. It is doing a grand work, and we com- 
mend it to the liberality of our churches. We trust that its appeals for help 
will not be disregarded. Your Board would urge the churches to greater 
liberality in this direction. This Association ought to raise at least $200 
every year for Ministerial Education. We have young men in our midst, 
who need assistance, who will make useful ministers, if they can secure an 
education. Respectfully submitted, 
JOS. SHACKELFORD, Secretary. 

J. GUNN, President of Board. 

treasurer's report. 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer, 

In account with Ministerial Educational Fund : 

1884. Dr. 

Oct. 4. To amount on hand at last association, as reported $25 85 

To amount from Moulton church 5 00 

To amount from Moulton Sabbath School 5 00 

To amount from Mrs. S M Steenson 2 00 

To amount from E S Little, on Mt. Pleasant ch. pledge. . . 3 00 

Tb amount from Thos. Ward 1 00 

To amount from R T Wear 1 00 

To amount collected at Association 7 00 

To amount from Mrs. Laura Chitwood . . 2 50 

To amount from Hopewell church from finance committee . 6 00 

To amount from L A Wear 2 00 

To amount from Finance Committee 2 50 

Nov. To amount from Decatur church . . . . 3 00 

To amount from Hillsboro 3 25 

1885. 

Jan. To amount from Shoal Creek church by Bro. Cobb6 5 00 

Feb. 16. To amount from J C Hartsell by W B Carter 5 00 

To amount from W C Hartsell by W B Carter 2 50 

To amount from Bethel church by W B Carter 2 50 

To amount from Mt. Pisgah churc'.' by W B Carter 3 6() 

To amount from Miss Celestia Gordon 50 

Mar. 5 To amount from Russelville church by R T Wear 15 00 

To amount from Town Creek church by R T Wear 10 00 

May 8 To amount Mt. Pleasant by A H Stanley 5 00 

To amount from A H Stanley 5 00 

June 15 To amount from Danville church by Bro. Adams 2 50 

Aug. 9 To account from Enon church 5 00 

To amount from Moulton church 10 00 

Total received $140 70 

1884. Cr. 

Oct. 18. By amount sent to J E Herring, postage &c . . . . $30 18 

By amount paid for lumber : 5 00 

Nov. 20, to Oct, 1. By amount paid Bro. Cobbs as per receipts 86 00 

Bv amount for nails 1 00 

1885. 

May 9. By amount paid J E Herring, 10.00 postage &c 10 10 

Oct. 1 . By balance on hand 8 42 

$140 70 
Respectfully submitted. 

JOS. SHACKELFORD. 



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Bro R. T. Wear offered the following resolution, which was adopted. 

Resolved, That the present Board of Ministerial Education be re- ap- 
pointed. 

The following constitutes the Board of Ministerial Education. 

J. Gunn, Jos. Shackelford, J. I. Stockton, John S. Hale, O. D. Gibson, C. 
J. Lynch and Jourdan White. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATIONAL FUND. 
An effort was made to secure pledges and contributions for Ministerial 
Education, and the following pledges and contributions were secured. 

Russelville church $15 00 Town Creek church $10 60 

Mt. Pleasant church pd $5 15 00 Salem 2 00 

Harmony 5 00 Moulton 7 50 

Macedonia (F; 1 00 Moulton Sunday School 10 00 

Enon church 5 00 Hillsboro church 5 00 

Friendship 2 00 Pleasant Hill pd 2.50 7 50 

Mt. Pisgah 10 00 Decatur 10 00 

Bethel (M; ... 5 00 Shoal Creek for Bro. Cobbs. . 20 00 

T J Weaver 1 00 J D Inman 100 

Mt. Nebo 10 00 W W Orr 2 50 

W W Tucker 1 Oo C G Lynch 5 00 

Mrs. O D Gibson 1 00 Hillsboro Sunday S 1 00 

Hartsell 5 00 Danville 5 00 

E E Gunn 5 00 S H Ponder 50 

Jos. R Armour 25 Sister P Gibson 100 

Cash 75 Mrs. Martha Masterson 1 00 



$82 00 



Total . 



$89 00 
$171 00 



EDUCATION. 

The report on Education was read by Bro. O. D. Gibson, also the Report 
of the Board of Trustees of the Moulton Baptist Female Institute, which 
were discussed by Bros. O. D. Gibson, J. C. Orr, Jos. Shackelford, C. G. 
Lynch, W. B. Carter. Bro. A. J. Harris. On motion of J. C. Orr, speeches 
were limited to five minutes. 

The Report on Education was adopted as follows : 

This subject has been so often written and spoken upon, that it need not 
be expected of your Committee to introduce thoughts or ideas, which will be 
entirely new and entertaining to this Association. 

We are all ready to admit that our education and associations in the home 
circle, during childhood becomes second nature, and errors committed in 
this part of our lives are corrected with difficulty in after years. We should 
be very careful in the training of our children when young, and see that 
their minds receive only such impressions as will influence them in the 
direction of good morals and religion. 

A very important advancement is made in education, when the mind is 
trained to think for itself, and analyze, and carefully consider every subject 
or doctrine presented to it, and that should be well considered by both pa- 
rents and teachers. 

We are pleased to state that the general interest in education' is on the 
increase, but still many children in our country are growing up in ignorance 
of the rudiments of education, while many of them have the means near at 
hand, but do not avail themselves of the privileges. We are fully per- 
suaded that the fault mostly is caused by want of education and interest on 
the part of those children who fail to attend school when opportunity 
offers. 



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The attendance at most of our institutions of learning is large, and con- 
stantly increasing. We should feel, that unless moral and religious impres- 
sions are made upon the pupils, we will be strengthening un sanctified learn- 
ing, which will be detrimental to the best interest of morality and religion. 
This fact should induce us, as far as practicable, to patronize schools per- 
vaded by strong christian influences. These consecrated schools should 
come to th% aid of the churches, and the ministry. It is not simply educa- 
tion that makes a pupil virtuous and happy, but christian education is essen- 
tial to elevate a country in morality, virtue and happiness. As this moral 
and religious education advances among the people, the education of the 
ministry should keep abieast of the culture of their congregations, that they 
may be able to lead them on to a fuller enjoyment of their intellectual and 
religious attainments. 

O. D. GIBSON, Chairman. 



FEMALE INSTITUTE AT MOULTON. 

The Board of Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute, beg leave to report, 
that Bro. C . G. Lynch, has charge of the school, and is conducting a school 
for boys and girls. We recommend this school to the consideration of this 
Association. 

O. D. GIBSON, President of Board. 

In connection with this subject, Bro. Jos. Shackelford, offered the follow- 
ing resolutions which were adopted. 

Resolved, Thai the Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute at Moulton, 
be instructed to take into consideration the question whether the Institute, 
shall be made a school for boys and girls, or whether it shall be taught as a 
female school. And if in their judgment, it will be best to have it as a 
mixed school for boys and girls, they are authorized to have the charter 
changed to that effect 

Resolvod further, That th« Trustees be instructed, that, whether the 
school be taught as a mixed school, or a female school, they shall elect 
the teachers of the same, and shall see that the building is kept in good re- 
pair. . 

Appointment of Board of Trustees: 

Bro. Jos. Shackelford offered the following resolution, which was 
adopted . 

Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed, who shall report the 
names of twelve Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute, for appointment 
by this Association, appointing them in classes of four each. The first 
class to serve for one year, the second class for two years, and the third for 
three years. 

Under this resolution, the Moderator appointed the following Brethren 
as the Committee. O. D. Gihson, W. W. Orr, Wm. Irwin, T. Jones, 
Thomas W. Lynch. That Committee subsequently made the following 
report, which was adopted. 

We place the Report here, as the most appropriate place for it. 

The Committee on appointment of Trustees of Baptist Female Institute, 
at Moulton, recommend the following persons for Trustees. 

For one year : W. D. McDaniel, W. T. Pruit, W. D. Irwin, S. R. C. 
Adams. 

For two years : H. B. Irwin, T. W. Lynch, R T. Wear, John C. Orr 

For three years : M. Lyon, T- Jones, J. S. Gibson. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The following resolution was adopted. 

Resolved, That the present members of the Executive Board, .be ap- 



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The Board consists of the follow - 



pointed for the next Associational year. 

ing brethren : _ 

O. D. Gibson, Chairman ; C. G. Lynch, Secretary ; Thomas W. Lynch, 
Treasurer ; W. D. McDaniel, P. J. Hutchinson, Wm. G. Irwin, L. M. 
Wear. John Moore. 



DECEASED MINISTERS. 

The report on Deceased Ministers was read by Bro. J. S. Gibson, Chair- 
man of the Committee, and thirty minutes was occupied in memorial ser- 
vices, in memory of Elder J. C. Roberts, deceased. Addresses were made 
by Bros, J. S. Gibson, A. J. Harris, R, T. Wear, W. B. Carter, M. Finney, 
J. R. Nesmith. At the close of which the Association sang, "Over there, 
a favorite hymn of Elder Roberts, and joined in prayer by Bro. R. T. 
Wear. The Report was then adopted as follows: 

Dear Brethren, It becomes our painful duty, as your Committee on 
Deceased Ministers to report a fact, already known to you, and commented 
on throughout the limits of this Association, viz: The death of our beloved 
Brother and fellow laborer in, Christ, Elder J. C. Roberts. His life-long 
connection with this Association, both as a minister of Christ, and his offi- 
cial career as a member of your honorable body, need no comment at our 
hands. His devotion to the cause of our blessed Master, and th^ fidelity 
with which he served Him, together with the purity of his character is well 
known to you. We therefore beg to recommend to your consideration, the 
propriety of the suspension of the regular business of this Association, and 
devote thirty minutes, in a Memorial Service in honor of the memory of 
our beloved Brother. 

Respectfully submitted. 

v J. S. GIBSON, Chairman. 

JESSE WALLACE, 
W. T. COBBS, Committee. 



DOCUMENTS. 
The report on Documents was read and adopted as follows : 
Your Committee on Documents find on examination, that 18 churches show 
an increase in membership by baptism, while 21 report no increase by bap- 
tism. One church, Liberty, proposes to disband and turn its church property 
over to this Association. We feel, that, from the general sentiment of the 
letters, there is an increase in spiritual and religious interest among the 
churches. We find that Town Creek, Hartsell and Macedonia, in Frank- 
lin county, ask for this body to meet with them at its next annual meeting. 

Re&pectfully submitted, 

J. D. McCLANAHAN, Chairman. 



TEMPERANCE. 
The Report of the Committee on Temperance was then read by Brother 
John C. Orr, and after a short speech by Brother Orr, was adopted as 

f0 YOTr committee to whom was referred the subject of temperance, respect- 
fullv submit; that we read in God's Word, that no drunkard shall inherit the 
Kingdom of Heaven, and if we believe that Heayen and eartn are to pass 
away before one jot or tittle of the Word of God is changed, we should 






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* Sk , •?*!** 8ho " ld u be our duty * R church members towards these human 
institutions, that have for their object, making your boys and our boys, your 
neighbors and our neighbors, drunkards. "Know V e not, that ye are the 
temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in Vou. If any man defile 
the Umple of God, h.m shall God destroy, for the Temple of God is Holv, 
which temple ye are." 

"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils, ye cannot be 
partakers of the LorU g table and of the table of the devils." 
♦u \°L\ f l ^ e trum Pct give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to 
the battle; we would, therefore, recommend, that" all churches deal with 
such ot their members, as lend their influence to the building up of institu- 
tions ot Satan in our midst; whose object is to lure into paths of Sin and 
Vice, and destroying both, soul and bodv, the youths of our land. If your 
bor, or my boy is a drunkard, Holy Writ tells us, He cannot enter Heaven. 
Again we would ask, what shall we do? Shall we say as did the Tews, this 
sin be on us, and our children. Or, shall we as one great Baptist Brother- 
hood, rise up, and wash our hands of this moral defilement, and abomina- 
tion r 

J. C. ORR, Chairman, 
HARVY SARGENT, 
Wm. EAST. 

Committee 



PLACE OF MEETING. 

4 

The subject of the place of the next meeting of the Association came up. 
Hartsell was put in nomination, Town Creek and Macedonia being witb- 
fu a Tr n " . r £« A-Macialion agreed unanimously to hold its next meeting with 
the Hartsell Church. s 

Brother Peter Clay offered the following resolution* which was adopted: 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to recommend some 
-^uM P reach the next Introductory Sermon, and an alternate. 

I he Moderator appointed Brethren P. Clay, J. C. Orrand Jesse Wallace. 

I he committee reported the names of Brother John R. Nesmith to preach 
the Introductory and Brother J. S. Gibson, alternate. Which report was 
amended, at the suggestion of Brother Nesmith, so as to read, Brother J S 
Oibson to preach the introductory and John R. Nesmith alternate. 



STATE OF RELIGION. 

The Committee on State of Religion made their Report, which was 
adopted as follows : 

Your committee on State of Religion make the following report: We are 
not sufficiently informed as to the religious condition of the Association, to 
enable us to report as we could wish. We gather from the reading of the 
letters and the reports of our missionaries that in a goodly number of the 
churches there were revivals, and good feeling, and as far as we were able to 
see, quite a healthy condition is prevalent among the churches, and that 
where the Word has Heen preached, we have abundant reason to rejoice. 
But, Brethren, let us put on ourarmor and enter the field against the enemies 
for the next Associational year. 

MIKE FINNEY, Chairman. 



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The condition of Sister Roberts, widow of Elder J. C. Roberts deceased, 
was mentioned and a collection was taken up for her benefit, amounting to 
$18.45 cash $15.75 subscription. 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

Brother John S. Hale made the report of the Committee on Finance, 
which was adopted with the understanding that the Clerk was authorized to 
take from the money sent up by churches, that sent no Minute Fund a suffi- 
cient pro rata share to mak* up-the necessary amount for minutes, and also 
to enter the proper credits to such churches that may have contributed 
through the year to other Boards. 



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REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 



FROM CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS, 



Tuscumbia church 

Russelville church 

Macedonia church (F) 

Bethel church (L) 

Mt. Pleasant 

Mt. Zion (L). 

Okolona church 

Bethany church 

Town Creek church 

Salem church . 

Moulton church 

Harmony church 

New Hope church 

Gum Spring church (L) 

Enon church 

Pleasant Grove church 

Hillsboro church 

Decatur church 

Pleasant Hill church 

Macedonia church 'M) 

Hopewell pd $10 to Adams 

Lebanon church 

Friendship church 

Mt. Pisgah church (M) 

Bethel church (M) 

Shoal Creek church 

New Friendship church 

Gum Spring church (M) 

Blue Spring church 

Mt. Nebo church 

Mt. Zion church (M) 

Rocky Creek church 

Hartsell church 

Etha church 

Mission Gro e church. ...... 

Danville church . . . . , 

Zion church 

Public collection on Sabbath. 

Miss Bettie Crunn 

C T Burt 

E E Gunn. 

Mrs. S A Sp er. 

Mrs. E L Mr ltgomery 

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25 00 

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10 00 



27 00 

2 50 

40 00 

11 50 



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8 30 

26 20 
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22 00 

8 10 
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6 55 
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12 00 
10 00 



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8 80 
10 00 



5 00 



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10 00 

3 00 

20 00 

15 00 

6 00 

7 50 
15 00 



$£0 91 



9 35 
5 00 
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5 00 
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1 50 

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7 5 
7 5 
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REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE— {Concluded.) 



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M C Bragg 

JC Bragg.. •..-• 

Miss Alice Bragg 

Miss Ava Wear 

T L Hitt 

Thos. McDaniel 

Mrs. Lucy Hurley 

Miss R S Finney 

Mrs. J DMcClanahan. 

W B Carter 

C B Carter 

Mrs. OB Henley..... 

James Ratliff 

W B Carter 

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Total missions and education. 

" Minute fund 

Total 'for all purposes 



.% 77 '5 65 
. 47 00 



$ 822 65 

CREDITS. 

By amount paid Tr. by Bro. Adams for Danville church $ 15 00 

By amount paid SRC Adams by Hopewell church 10 00 

By amount paid Treasurer by Russelville church 25 00 

By amount .paid Treasurer by Decatur church : 10 00 

By amount paid Treasurer by Hillsboro church 13 75 

By amount paid Tr. by Bethel church by J R Nesmith. 5 00 

By amount paid State Mission Board by Decatur church 10 00 

By amount paid State Mission Boai d by Hillsboro church 8 80 

By amount paid Treasurer of educational fund 121 50 

By amount paid Clerk for minutes • 47 uu 

By amount paid Clerk for his fee • ; • • • 20 °0 

By balance handed Treasurer 536 60 

$822 65 

Respectfully Submitted, 

JOHN S. HALE, Chairman. 



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RESOLUTIONS. 
The following resolutions were adopted: 
By R. T. Wear . 

Resolved, That the Clerk be authorized to have 1,203 copies of the minutes 
published, and that he be allowed $20 for his services. 

Resolved, That the Executive Board be authorized to settle with the mis- 
sionaries for their services. 
By J. S. Gibson : 

Resolved, That the Association extend its aid to Hartsell church, to the 
amount of one hundred dollars for missionary work, and that the Treasurer 
be authorized to pay the same. 
By J. M. Roberts: 

Resolved, That the members of this Association tender their heartfe't 
thanks to the Moulton church, and community for their kind hospitality, 
extended to us during this meeting. We also return our thanks to the men 
bers of the Methodist Church for the use of their house of worship. 

Resolved, That this body earnestly request the churches composing this 
Association, to organize Sabbath Schools in each church, and also to send 
representatives to meet with the ("strict meeting of this body in May nex 
and then and there inaugurate some plan of encouraging Sabbath Schor 
Work in our churches. 
By Jos. Shackelford : 

Resolved, That fifty dollars be appropriated to each of the followir 
Boards, out of the money raised for mission purposes, this year: The Stu' 
Mission Board; the Foreign Mission Board at Richmond, and the He 
Mission Board at Atlanta, and that the Treasurer be authorized to send t) » 
same to these Board*, out of any money' not otherwise appropriated. Pr .- 
vided, that all moneys directed to be sent to any one of these Boards by a: y 
church, shall be sent bj' him as directed. 

The Executive Board was instructed to take into consideration the reqr< ;t 
of Liberty Church as to the turning over of the church property to the As- 
sociation for preaching purposes, and also the condition ot the CourtI .d 
Church and do the best it can to provide preaching for those places. 
Brother Thos. W. Lynch was reelected Treasurer of the Association. 
There being no further business. The Association, after singing a part- 
ing hymn and joining in prayer with Brother!. D. McClanahan adjourned to 
meet on Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October, 1886, with the Hartsel 
Church. 

MATT LYON, Moderator. 

JOS. SHACKELFORD, Clerk. 

The Moderator appointed the following Standing Committees. (The 
Chairman will see that the reports of their respective committees are pre- 
pared for the next Association) : 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. STATE MISSIONS. 

O. D. Gibson, J. Gunn, 

Peter Clay, R. M. McClure, 

J. T. Wallace, Jno. N.Jackson. 

rOREIGN MISSIONS. EDUCATION. 

Jos. Shackelford, C. G. Lynch, 

Wm. East, J. R. NeSmith, 

John Moore. W. F. Orr. 

TEMPERANCE. . SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

J. S. Gibson, R. T. Wear, 

J. D. McClanahan, John C. Orr, 

M. Finney. S. R. C. Adams. 



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Macedonia (F). . . , 

Bethel 

Mt. Pleasant 

Liberty 

Mt. Zion 

Okolona 

Bethany . ., 

Town Creek 

Salem . 

Moulton 

Pleasant Grove . . 

Harmony 

Smyrna 

New Hope 

Mission Grove.. . . 
Gum Spring (L). 

Zion ... 

Enon 

Pleasant Hill ..... 

Macedonia (M)... 

Hopewell 

Friendship 

Lebanon 

Mt. Pisgah 

Bethel-(M) 

Mt. Zion (M) . . 

Gum Spring (M). 

Shoal Creek.].... 

Blue Spring 

Rocky Creek 

Mt. Nebo 

Etha. : 

New Friendship... 

Hartsell L... 

Danville 

HilUboro.: 

Decatur 



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W. H. Barksdale. 
R. T. Wear 



M. Finney 

J. R. Nesmith 

John Speer 

Missionary Pastor 
W. C. Summers. . 
J. S. Gibson. .«. . 
W. C. Summers. . 

R. T. Wear 

J. M. Roberts 

M. Lyon 

J.M.Roberts 

J. M. Roberts 



Post Offices. 



J. M. Roberts 

John Speer 

J. R. Nesmith 

Wm. Spain 

S. R. C. Adams.. 

W. T. Cobbs: 

J. D. McClanahan. 
J. D. McClanahan. 

T. J. Weaver 

J. D. McClanahan 
W. B. Carter. ... . . 

W.B.Carter... . 

W. G. W. Smith. 
J. M. Simpson.. . . 

W. B. Carter.... 

J. E. Weaver... '. . 

J. E. Weaver 

W.B.Carter 

T.J. Weaver 

T.J. Weaver 

W. B. Carter 

S. R. C. Adams. . 
Jos. Shackelford . . 
Jos. Shackelford.. 



Tuscumbia 

Russellvilte 

Newburg 

Newburg 

Avoca 

Leighton 

Town Creek 

Town Creek 

Hatton. 

Town C reek 

Mt. Hope 

Moulton 

Moulton 

Moulton... 

Moulton 

Wheeler's Station. 

Courtland 

Courtland. ...... 

Hatton 

Courtland. 

Oakville 

Decatur. 

Flint 

Danville 

Danville. 

Falkville 

Flint 

Hartsell 

Hartsell 

Hartsell 

Hartsell 

Blue Spring . . . J, 
Lawrence Cove . 1 , 
Cedar Plains . .,\ 
Etha, Culman co. 

Somerville 

Hartsell. 

Danville 

Hillsboro 

Decatur. 



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Individual contributions, $44.75: public collection on Sabbaths, $9.65; superanuated Ministers and families, 



For Missions 
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and Education, $721.55- for Minutes, $46.70; 
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This school is situated on a mountain one mile south of Trinity Station, on 
the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and seven miles west of Decatur. 
It is one of the healthiest localities in North Alabama, Pure spring 
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the air is pure and invigorating. It is in the midst of a 
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